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Road to Sofia - Bulgaria news
n11 Ekaterina Makarova RUS
n12 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
n15 wc Flavia Pennetta ITA
n17 Andrea Petkovic GER
n18 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
n20 Alize Cornet FRA
n23 Garbine Muguruza ESP
n41 wc Tsvetana Pironkova BUL
alternates:
n24 Karolina Pliskova CZE
n30 Elina Svitolina UKR
 
Sofia::

#23 Garbine Muguruza
6' 0" 161lb RH 2H-BH
Sofia:

#17 Andrea Petkovic
5' 11" 152lb RH 2H-BH
   
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    On Thursday at Sofia, Bulgaria, in the 3rd day of round robin play of the 2014 WTA Tournament of Champions, the 2014 champion at Charleston, 26 year old 4th seeded #17 (career high: #9) Andrea Petkovic from Darmstadt, Germany, defeated the 2014 Acapulco champ (and Australian Open finalist), 25 year old 2nd seeded #12 (career high: #10) Dominika Cibulkova from Bratislava, Slovakia, 7-5, 6-3 (photo shown).

    Andrea said: "I thought I was playing really, really well today, and I thought Domi was playing really well too, especially in the first set. I'm very happy with my performance out there today." WTA story

    Andrea and Dominika are now tied at the top of the Sredets Group with a 2-1 record in the round robin. Andrea will finish first the group by virtue of defeating Dominika in their head-to-head—unless #18 Carla Suarez Navarro defeats #41 Tsvetana Pironkova on Friday. In that case a three way tie will result, which will be resolved by percentage of sets won, or, if still tied, by percentage of games won.

    At any rate, Andrea is guaranteed to finish at least second in the Sredets Group, by virtue of winning a higher percentage of her games than Dominika. So Andrea is the first player at the tourney to clinch a place in the semifinals.

    Also on Thursday at Sofia, the 2014 champion at Hobart, Tasmania, 20 year old 7th seeded #23 (career high: #25) Garbine Muguruza from Barcelona, Spain, defeated the 2014 champion at Indian Wells, 32 year old 3rd seeded #15 (career high: #10) Flavia Pennetta of Italy (residence: Verbier, Switzerland), 0-6, 6-1, 6-1 (Garbine is shown while defeating Ekaterina Makarova on Wednesday).

    The win put Garbine into first place in the Serdika Group with a 2-0 record.

    Garbine said: "I went to the court really nervous. In a round robin, every match is very important. I was utilizing the wrong strategy against Pennetta. I was thinking I needed to change something, and then my coach gave me some advice, and it worked." WTA story

    On Friday at Sofia, Garbine will play the 2014 champion at Katowice, 24 year old 6th seeded #20 (career high: #11) Alizé Cornet from Nice, France.

    Garbine and Alize have met only once before, in 2012 on red clay in the semifinals at Bucharest, when Garbine defeated Alize 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

    Top seed Ekaterina Makarova withdrew from Sofia on Thursday due to a back injury. Kate had injured her back in Singapore (playing doubles), and said the injury was getting worse as she played.

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2014 WTA Tournament of Champions Round Robin Standings:
name in bold = clinched place in semifinals
Serdika Groupmatches
W-L
sets
W-L
#23 s7 Garbine Muguruza2-04-1
#15 s3 Flavia Pennetta1-13-2
#20 s6 Alize Cornet1-12-2
#11 s1 Ekaterina Makarova0-20-4
#24 alt Karolina Pliskova0-00-0

Sredets Groupmatches
W-L
sets
W-L
#18 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro2-14-2
#17 s4 Andrea Petkovic2-14-2
#12 s2 Dominika Cibulkova2-14-2
#41 s8 Tsvetana Pironkova0-30-6
        1st Alternate: #24 Karolina Pliskova     2nd Alternate: #30 Elina Svitolina

WTA SCOREBOARD: Sofia Tournament of Champions

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Sofia Tournament of Champions round robin, Tue 545pm
n12 s2 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n41 s8 wc Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-3, 7-6(6)
n15 s3 wc Flavia Pennetta ITA d n20 s6 Alize Cornet FRA 6-1, 6-2
*n18 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n17 s4 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-0, 6-4

Sofia Tournament of Champions round robin, Wed 545pm
*n23 s7 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n11 s1 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-2, 6-1
n12 s2 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n18 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 7-5, 6-4
n17 s4 Andrea Petkovic GER d n41 s8 wc Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 7-5, 6-2

Sofia Tournament of Champions round robin, Thu 545pm
*n20 s6 Alize Cornet FRA d n11 s1 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-1, 6-4
*n17 s4 Andrea Petkovic GER d n12 s2 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 7-5, 6-3
*n23 s7 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n15 s3 wc Flavia Pennetta ITA 0-6, 6-1, 6-1

Sofia Tournament of Champions round robin, Fri 545pm
n15 s3 wc Flavia Pennetta ITA v #24 alt Karolina Pliskova CZE m3
n18 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n41 s8 wc Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 7-6(2), 6-1
n23 s7 Garbine Muguruza ESP v n20 s6 Alize Cornet FRA 2-0

alternates prizes: $7,500
RR no wins prizes: $35,000 US; points: 75 - RR 1 win 2 losses prizes: $50,000 US; points: 110
RR 2 wins 1 loss prizes: $65,000 US; points: 155 - RR 3 wins prizes: $80,000 US; points: 180

Sofia, SFs, Sat
loser's prize: RR prize + $10,000 US
Sofia, Final, Sun 5:50pm
loser's prize: RR prize + $65,000 US; points: RR points + 75
winner's prize: RR prize + $190,000 US; points: RR points + 195

Sofia, withdrawals/non-entries
n21 Samantha Stosur AUS injury
n11 s1 Ekaterina Makarova RUS after 2 matches, back injury

  The WTA Tournament of Champions System:

    The six highest-ranked players who have won at least one International (NOT Premier ) class title during the current season (and who wish to attend) are selected for singles play in the WTA Tournament of Champions. Two wild cards entries are also chosen.

    2 groups play in a round-robin format (12 matches), with two winners from each group becoming semifinalists who play off on Saturday. In the semis, the player who finishes first in each group will play the second place finisher from the other group.
    If players win the same number of matches, the winner of their head-to-head match in the round robin is placed higher in the standings. 3-way ties will be resolved first by the percentage of sets won, then by the percentage of games won.

  WTA Nov 8-9 2014 Fed Cup Final

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Germany:
n10 dNR Angelique Kerber
n17 d49 Andrea Petkovic
n27 d71 Sabine Lisicki
n74 d40 Julia Goerges
Captain: Barbara Rittner

Czech Republic:
n4 d1273 Petra Kvitova
n16 d29 Lucie Safarova
n24 d46 Karolina Pliskova
n160 d22 Lucie Hradecka
Captain: Petr Pala

    Czech Republic will host Germany for the Fed Cup final, November 8-9. The Czechs were also finalists in 2013; it will be Germany's first Fed Cup final in 22 years.

  WTA Oct 21-26: WTA Finals

Singapore:

#3 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH
Singapore:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

WTA Finals, Singapore PREMIER $6,500,000 8RR/0q/8d indoor: hard
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    On Sunday at Singapore, in the final of the WTA Finals, the 2014 champion at Flushing Meadows, Stanford, Rome, Miami & Brisbane, 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2014 champion at Doha & Bucharest (and French Open finalist), 23 year old 3rd seeded #3 (career high: #2) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, 6-3, 6-0 (Simona is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Serena's prize is $2,047,000; Simona's prize is $971,000.

    Serena said: "[Simona] was playing so well in the first set, like she did the last time we played. I was literally on the side of the court and I laughed. But then I just told myself I had nothing to lose. I knew I just had to relax and start playing better if I wanted to win. And I really wanted to win." WTA story

    Simona said: "Congratulations to you, Serena, you are the best. Congratulations for ending the year No.1 again, too."

    Serena now leads Simona 4-1 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was just four days ago on the same Deco-Turf-over-wood indoor hardcourt in the round robin at Singapore, when Simona demolished Serena 6-0, 6-2.

    2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, & 2001 WTA Championships titleist Serena is now 64-17 in WTA singles finals. Her 2014 singles match record is 52-8.

    Simona is now 8-6 in WTA singles finals. She has a 46-16 singles match record this year.

    Final photos are up: The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Singapore WTA Finals tourney page holds 43 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 19 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Singapore WTA Finals

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Singapore WTA Finals, SFs, Sat 230pm & 6pm
loser's prize: RR prize + $37,000 US
n1 Serena Williams USA d n9 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(6)
n3 Simona Halep ROU d n7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-2, 6-2
Singapore WTA Finals, Final, Sun 7pm
loser's prize: RR prize + $545,000 US; points: RR points + 360
winner's prize: RR prize + $1,621,000 US; points: RR points + 810
n1 Serena Williams USA d n3 Simona Halep ROU 6-3, 6-0
Singapore WTA Finals, Doubles Final, Sun 4pm
loser's prize: $250,000
winner's prize: $500,000
*s3 Cara Black & Sania Mirza
    d s2 Su-Wei Hsieh & Shuai Peng 6-1, 6-0

Singapore WTA Finals, Withdrawals

  WTA Oct 13-19 Moscow & Luxembourg

Moscow:

#29 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
5'10" 159lb RH 2H-BH
Luxembourg:

#58 Annika Beck
5'7" 130lb RH 2H-BH

Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia PREMIER 700 $710,000 28m/32q/16d indoor: RuKort
Live Scores | draws: .html - WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! | tourn vid

BNP Paribas Open, Luxembourg INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d indoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: Y news

    On Sunday at Moscow, in the final of the Kremlin Cup,, a local resident, the 2014 Paris indoor champion, 23 year old 6th seeded #29 (career high: #13) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, defeated the 2012 Tashkent champion, 24 year old #61 (career high #38) Irina-Camelia Begu from Bucharest, Romania, 6-5, 5-7, 6-1 (Anastasia is shown holding the hardware after the match). Anastasia's prize is $120,000; Irina's prize is $64,000.

    On Saturday at Luxembourg, in the final of the BNP Paribas Open, the 2012 Roland Garros juniors champion, 20 year old #58 (career high: #43) Annika Beck from Giessen, Germany, won her first WTA singles title by defeating the 2011 champ at Quebec City, 28 year old 4th seeded #28 (career high: #28) Barbora Zahlavova Strycova from Pilzen, Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-1 (Annika is shown holding the hardware after the match). Annika's prize is $43,000; Barbora's prize is $21,400.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Moscow & Luxembourg tourney page holds 15 choice photos from this week's tourneys, cropped and enhanced, and 6 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourneys.

  WTA Oct 6-12: Linz-Osaka-Tianjin

Tianjin:

#60 Alison Riske
5' 9" 145lb RH 2H-BH
Osaka:

#21 Samantha Stosur
5' 7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH

Generali Ladies Linz, AUT INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d indoor: hard
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Japan Open Osaka, JPN INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: hard
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Tianjin Open Tianjin, CHN INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: hard
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    On Sunday at Osaka, Japan, in the final of the Japan Women's Open, the 2013 champ at Osaka and Carlsbad (and the 2011 US Open champion), 30 year old top seeded #21 (career high: #4) Samantha Stosur from Gold Coast, Australia, defeated 20 year old 5th seeded #39 (career high: #37) Zarina Diyas from Almaty, Kazakhstan, 7-6(7), 6-3 (photo shown). Samantha's prize is $43,000; Zarina's prize is $21,400.

    On Sunday at Tianjin, China, in the final of the Tianjin Open, 24 year old 6th seeded #60 (career high: #43) Alison Riske from Hilton Head, South Carolina, defeated 17 year old 3rd seeded #34 (career high: #33) Belinda Bencic from Flawil, Switzerland, 6-3, 6-4 (photo shown). Alison's prize is $43,000; Belinda's prize is $21,400.

    On Sunday at Linz, Austria, in the final of the Generali Ladies, the 2014 Seoul champion, 22 year old 7th seeded #29 (career high: #29) Karolina Pliskova from Louny, Czech Republic, defeated the 2014 finalist at Katowice, 20 year old #42 (career high: #37) Camila Giorgi of Italy (residence: France), 6(4)-7, 6-3, 7-6(4) (photo shown). Karolina's prize is $43,000; Camila's prize is $21,400.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Linz, Osaka & Tianjin tourney page holds 22 choice photos from this week's tourneys, cropped and enhanced, and 13 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourneys.

  WTA Sep 27-Oct 5: Beijing

Beijing:

#3 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH
Beijing:

#4 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

China Open, Beijing, CHN | PREMIER M $5,427,105 60m/32q/28d | outdoor: hard | interviews
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | photos: T.com - ESPN - Y! | WTA

    On Sunday at Beijing, in the final of the China Open, the 2014 champion at Roland Garros, Madrid & Stuttgart, 27 year old 4th seeded #4 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2014 Wimbledon and New Haven champion, 24 year old 3rd seeded #3 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 (photo shown). Maria's prize is $918,000; Petra's prize is $459,633.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Beijing tourney page holds 31 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 17 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA Aug 25-Sept 7: US Open

Flushing Meadows:

#11 Caroline Wozniacki
5' 10" 139lb RH 2H-BH
Flushing Meadows:

#1 Serena Williams
6th US Open Title

US Open NYC Grand Slam $36,203,760 128 players | outdoor: hard Deco Turf
Live Scores - Draws: WS pdf - WTA - XD Women: Q - S - D Men: Q - S - D | pics

         On Sunday at Flushing Meadows, in the final of the 2014 US Open, the 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002 & 1999 tourney champion 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2009 US Open finalist, 24 year old 10th seeded #11 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 6-3, 6-3 (photos shown).

    Serena's prize is $3,000,000, plus a $1,000,000 bonus for winning the summer hardcourt US Open Series, for a total of four million dollars. Caroline's prize is $1,450,000.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 US Open tourney page holds 94 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 65 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA June 23-July 6: Wimbledon

Wimbledon:

#13 Eugenie Bouchard
5' 10" 134lb RH 2H-BH
Wimbledon:

#6 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

The Championships Wimbledon, GBR Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: grass
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      On Saturday at London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2011 Wimbledon titleist, 24 year old 6th seeded #6 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated 20 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #13) Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Canada, 6-3, 6-0 (Genie is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Petra's prize is £1,760,000 (about $3,016,209 US); Genie's prize is £880,000 (about $1,508,104 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Wimbledon tourney page holds 111 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 33 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA: May 25-Jun 8   French Open

Roland Garros:

#4 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH
Roland Garros:

#8 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

Roland Garros, FRA Grand Slam Prize$: €11,420,000 128 players - outdoor: red clay
draws: W sing, pdf - XD women's: Q - singles - doub men's: Q - singles - doub | photos


click for 2013 French Open tourney page: 126
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      On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2014 French Open, the the 2012 RG champ, 27 year old 7th seeded #8 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (res: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2014 champion at Doha, 22 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #5) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-4 (photos shown).

    Maria's prize is €1,650,000 ($2,244,983 US); Simona's prize is €825,000 ($1,122,491 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 French Open tourney page holds 126 choice photos from this year's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 36 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA Jan 13-25: Australian Open

Melbourne:

#21 Dominika Cibulkova
5'3" 121lb RH 2H-BH
Melbourne:

#4 Na Li
5'7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH

Australian Open, Melbourne, AUS Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: hard plexicushion
draws: WS, .pdf - women's: qualif. - singles - doub | men's: qualif. - singles - doub
pics: T.com - ESPN | Y!: news | WTA

      On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2014 Australian Open, the 2011 French Open champion (and 2013 & 2011 AO finalist), 31 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #3) Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China, won her 2nd Grand Slam title by defeating the 2013 champion at Stanford, 24 year old 20th seeded #21 (career high: #12) Dominika Cibulkova from Bratislava, Slovakia, 7-6(3), 6-0 (photo shown).

    The tennis.quickfound.net Australian Open tourney page holds 144 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 52 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.
 
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    (October 8, 2014) "The WTA Elite Trophy, a brand new singles and doubles event offering $2.15 million in prize money, will be staged in Zhuhai in southern China for the next five years from 2015 to 2019.
    "The 12-player singles field in Zhuhai will consist of players ranked No.9 through No.20 in the world, along with one wildcard, in a four-group round robin format. The winners of each respective group will advance to the single elimination semifinal stage of the event. Meanwhile, six doubles teams will compete in a two-group round robin format, with the winner of each group advancing to the final...
    "The event in Zhuhai will replace the Tournament Of Champions on the 2015 WTA calendar." WTA story
    Zhuhai is located just north of Macau, across from Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta, south of Guangzhou.

    (September 20, 2014) Former WTA #1 Victoria Azarenka is will not play again in 2014 to allow time for a nagging foot injury to heal. The two-time Australian Open champion said: "Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season... I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season..." Victoria Azarenka at Facebook

    (September 19, 2014) Australian Open champion and former WTA #2 Li Na has retired from professional tennis due to knee problems that have troubled her intermittently for years. Na said: "After four knee surgeries and hundreds of shots injected into my knee weekly to alleviate swelling and pain, my body is begging me to stop the pounding. My previous three surgeries were on my right knee. My most recent knee surgery took place this July and was on my left knee. After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I tried to go through all the necessary steps to get back on the court. While I've come back from surgery in the past, this time it felt different. One of my goals was to recover as fast as I could in order to be ready for the first WTA tournament in my hometown of Wuhan. As hard as I tried to get back to being 100%, my body kept telling me that, at 32, I will not be able to compete at the top level ever again. The sport is just too competitive, too good, to not be 100%."
    Na finishes her career with 9 WTA singles titles, a 503-188 career singles match record, and $16,709,074 in prize money. Open Letter from Li Na Announcing her Retirement - Li Na at Facebook

    (Jan 27, 2014) WTA Championships changes: "...It will expand into a 10-day sports entertainment event of competiton, exhibitions and activities for fans around the world. There will be seven days of competition this year as opposed to six [eight days beginning in 2015], the doubles will be expanded to eight teams, and there will be a WTA Rising Stars Exhibition and WTA Legends Exhibition during the opening Fan Festival weekend." WTA story

    (August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
    At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.

    (May 8, 2013) The year ending WTA Championships tournament, which this year is finishing a three-year stint at Istanbul, Turkey, will move to Singapore for the next five years, from 2014-2018. "The state-of-the-art $1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub, located in the heart of the city, will host the WTA Championships at the 7500-seat, Singapore Indoor Stadium." WTA story

    (Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
    Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
    Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement

    (Mar 31, 2012) The Brazilian tennis federation has announced that Brazil will host a WTA tournament beginning in 2013. The franchise they have been awarded was vacated by the Marbella, Spain, tourney, which followed Miami on the WTA calendar (the same week as Charleston). Brazil has not hosted a WTA event for the past 11 years. AP story

    (Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story

    (Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.

    (Jul 15, 2011) WTA #28 Alisa Kleybanova is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma (a form of cancer) in Italy. Alisa said: "After I do treatment for a few more months, if I feel well, there's a chance I'll be able to play tennis again. I really miss playing..." Alisa has won two WTA singles titles, both last year, in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. Today is Alisa's 22nd birthday. Letter from Alisa via WTA - Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    (Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story

    (Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.

    28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.

    (Dec 12, 2010) Retired former WTA #1 Martina Hingis married French showjumper Thibault Hutin in a civil ceremony in Paris on Friday, December 10. The wedding was reported in the Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte; they will publish photos of the ceremony on Monday.

    Martina said: "Our wedding came as a surprise for many, but it has been in planning long in advance." Schweizer Illustrierte story (German) - English translation via Google - AFP story
   

Gisela Dulko in Hong Kong, Jan 10, 2009

    (Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
Ana in SI-SE

    (Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.

    In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.

    Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
    As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.

    Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.

    (Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
  click for larger photo at SI-SE website

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Daniela Hantuchova
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Tatiana Golovin
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Maria Kirilenko

click for 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Online
      (Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.

    (Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.

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